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Libertarian Party: Summary of Executive Committee Meeting 6/22/16 – Ohio, Illinois, and Maine Ballot Access Issues

13177215_10154154527882726_5080032156295890667_nOn June 22, 2016, there was a Libertarian Party Executive Committee meeting to discuss the following issues:

  1. Increasing the Illinois encumbrance from $50,000 to $70,000.
  2. Authorizing the LNC to join as an amicus in the Ohio ballot access case.
  3. Potentially authorizing an encumbrance for Maine to support them getting voter registrations before the July 12 deadline.
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Ballot Access News: U.S. District Court Judge Denies Injunctive Relief to Maine Libertarian Party; Reserves Judgment on Declaratory Relief

LPME-header-logo_small_1From Ballot Access News, read the original here. Earlier articles on this suit can be found on IPR here and here.

On April 25, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock denied injunctive relief to the Maine Libertarian Party, in its ballot access lawsuit to become a qualified party in Maine.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Executive Committee Meeting 3/7/16: Ballot Access Encumbrance for Illinois

Libertarian PartyOn March 7, 2016, there was a Libertarian Party Executive Committee meeting on the subject of ballot access encumbrance for Illinois.

Lex Green Chair of the Libertarian Party of Illinois and Krysta Walker Ballot Access Director of the Libertarian Party of Illinois were in attendance.

This petition drive would start three weeks from tomorrow (March 29, 2016) and would last for thirteen weeks (technically ninety days).… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: Executive Committee Meeting 12/11/15 to Decide on Potential for Litigation in Maine

LPME-header-logo_small_1The LNC Executive Committee met today to decide whether or not to initiate legal action in the situation in Maine reported on previously on IPR here.

In summary, Maine’s ballot access requirement (enacted in 2013) is that a new political party can qualify by having at least 5,000 registered members by December 1 of the odd year before the election.… Read more ...

Portland, Maine Green Party City Council members retiring

MaineGreens The Portland Press-Herald reports that the two Green Party members of the Portland, Maine City Council, Kevin Donoghue and David Marshall, will not seek re-election this year. Both were elected in 2006 for a three-year term and have been re-elected twice since then. Council elections are nonpartisan; all the other seats are held by registered Democrats.… Read more ...

Portland, ME Green Party announces ballot initiative campaign for $15/hour minimum wage

Greens campaign for $15/hour minimum wage in Portland, ME.

From the Portland Press Herald:

Portland Greens, meanwhile, are “dismayed” that Brennan’s proposed minimum wage would still make it difficult for people to afford to live in Portland, according to a press release.

The Greens are seeking to establish a so-called living wage of $15 an hour through a citywide referendum.

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State Green Parties unite against the pipelines

Green Party press release via Green Party Watch:

From Green Party US:

p no kxl green partyWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S.… Read more ...

Former Green Ben Chipman Re-Elected to Maine Legislature as Independent

Ben Chipman is a community organizer in Portland, Maine, and a former Green Party state legislator. In 2010 he switched his registration to Independent and ran for re-election as such in 2012. He was in a three-candidate race in the 119th House District in Maine and easily defeated both his Republican and Democratic opponents.… Read more ...

Angus King Wins in Maine, Two Independents in the U.S. Senate Now

Angus King has been polling ahead in the U.S. Senate race in Maine for months now. Tonight, he made the decision final when he was swept to victory in the race by a majority. King joined Bernie Sanders as Independents who will likely caucus with Democrats. Bernie Sanders of Vermont likewise cruised to victory, winning over 70% of the vote.… Read more ...

GOP PAC Helps Democratic Candidate In Order to Keep Independent From Winning

A political action committee in Maine that has many connections to the Republican Party is now purchasing and running ads supporting the Democratic candidate in the race, Cynthia Dill, in an effort to hurt the Independent candidate, Angus King, who is leading in all the polls. The strategy seems to be to influence King voters to instead switch to voting for Dill, thereby giving the Republican candidate a better chance at winning the plurality.… Read more ...

icPurple SuperPAC Looks to Spend Major Money Backing Viable Independent Candidates

Ted Waitt is the founder of Gateway and a notable Independent who has created the icPurple SuperPAC in an effort to help fund Independent political campaigns which are winnable. He has seeded the organization with $300,000 to start running ads in some key races for Independent candidates.

A new SuperPAC has been formed to support independent candidates around the country, including Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s for San Diego mayor and Chad Condit’s bid for Congress. 

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Jill Stein Has Secured Nearly 75% of Allocated Delegates to Green Party National Convention

Jill Stein is one of several Green Party presidential candidates vying for the party’s nomination. The nomination is mostly determined by pre-allocated delegates awarded for winning primaries in various states. Of the 129 delegates that have thus far been allocated, Jill Stein has captrued 96.5 of them, giving her 74.8% of the total thus far.… Read more ...